Facebook bans Congressman Craig Kelly following coronavirus-related posts

Facebook has banned the main page of Congressman Craig Kelly following controversial coronavirus-related posts that do not follow official health guidelines.

A Facebook spokeswoman said, “Everyone, including elected officials, made a mistake about COVID-19, which could lead to imminent physical harm, and the COVID-19 vaccine, which was uncovered by public health experts. We do not allow sharing of information. “

However, according to Kelly, Facebook did not provide any information about the post that led to the suspension of his account.

Previously, Kelly had posted several posts that shared data supporting information that did not follow Australia’s official health guidelines and linked to research.

Kelly denied allegations that his post disseminated “wrong information” and said his post was merely a reflection of research done by scientists not only in Australia but around the world.

“Everything I post is 100% backed by science, evidence, and the opinions of experts from the best people around the world,” Kelly told The Epoch Times.

“I’m quoting doctors and medical professionals who have different opinions than other doctors and medical professionals. It doesn’t make it false information, it makes it different. “Kelly said.

“A society where someone who has a different opinion to you is disseminating false information is a fascist, totalitarian society.”

It’s unclear why Kelly was specifically banned, but some of his recent posts include reports of rare blood clots after AstraZeneca vaccination both in Australia and abroad.

Kelly also posted a post linking to data supporting COVID-19, ivermectin as an alternative treatment for an unapproved drug. Australian Government Ministry of Health Due to insufficient evidence.

by Monash University, A peer-reviewed study in Australia in April 2020 showed that a single dose of ivermectin could block the growth of SARS-CoV-2 virus in cell cultures, but was not approved due to lack of clinical trials. did.

In the post, Kelly linked Ivermectin analysis website It lists 52 studies, 24 of which have been peer-reviewed, detailing the effects of ivermectin on early and late treatment of COVID-19.

Kelly also proposed a “no vaccine passport” bill and made other statements, including opposition to the need for children to wear masks. This is a statement that has caused a backlash from the media.

A few months later, Kelly American Institute of Economic Research (AIER), YouTube said it has deleted the video linked to AIER, including comments from Professor Martin Kludorf of Harvard University.

“Children shouldn’t wear face masks,” Kurdoff said. “They don’t need it to protect themselves, and they don’t need it to protect others.”

Kelly resigned from the Liberal Party in February and joined the crossbench after pressured the government for his view of COVID-19 treatment, which was not approved by the Ministry of Health.

Kelly also regularly posts condemning the influence of the Chinese Communist Party in Australia, criticizing the Belt and Road Initiative and the Confucius Institute at the Australian University.

Kelly is one of the biggest engagements among Australian politicians on Facebook, earning about 1 million engagements a month.

“It’s just a horrifying situation for a foreign entity like Facebook to censor an elected Australian parliamentarian,” Kelly said.

“A society where Facebook is a true arbitrator is a very dangerous society.”

AAP contributed to this report.

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